Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last hundred years, you surely know about Hershey’s chocolate. And chances are, you’ve had your fair share of Hershey’s Bars and Kisses. However, not everybody knows that Hershey isn’t just a famous chocolate company – it’s also a city. Hershey, Pennsylvania gets its name from Milton Hershey, philanthropist and founder of the chocolate company, who played a massive part in founding the city.
While the history of Hershey–the man, the city, and the company–is what draws in many visitors, there’s much to see and do, making it a worthy stop on your travels. Here are some things to do if you find yourself in Hershey, or as it’s also known, “Chocolate Town.”
Learn About the Town Built on Chocolate
Even in the slight chance that you’re not a fan of Hershey’s Chocolate, the history of the company, and the man behind it, is fascinating to learn about. Hershey prides itself on its humble beginnings, which you can learn more about at The Hershey Story. This family-friendly museum is packed with exhibits that include both machinery from the original Hershey factory and interactive replica props. And of course, no stop in Hershey is complete without a visit to Hershey’s Chocolate World, where you can learn more about the chocolate and even create your own Hershey bar!
Check Out Other Hershey Attractions
There’s more to Hershey than chocolate. One of the city’s more popular hot spots is Hersheypark, an amusement and water park that has attractions ranging from roller coasters to a Ferris wheel. If you and your family are looking for something a little more laid back, consider a visit to Hershey Gardens, a 23-acre botanical garden that features a butterfly atrium and children’s garden. For a little entertainment, you can see a show at Hershey Theatre or catch a game at Giant Center, home of the Hershey Bears hockey team.
Visit Nearby Locales
While there’s a lot to keep you busy in Hershey, another appealing aspect of the city is its location, which is central to many other Pennsylvania sites worth visiting. Pennsylvania’s capital, Harrisburg, is a half hour’s drive away, and is home to many attractions from the historical to the modern. Gettysburg, another popular historical area, is an hour away from Hershey, but well worth the drive. And Lancaster, about 40 minutes away, is famous for its Amish culture, if you’re interested in learning about a way of life most people seldom see.
Bring Your Motor Home
You shouldn’t have many issues when travelling to the Hershey with your motor home, as there are multiple campgrounds in the nearby surrounding area. Closest to the action is the Harrisburg East Campground, which has tree-shaded campsites that have full hook-up and multiple amenities such as a pool and sports grounds. A little farther away, but still close to downtown Hershey, is the Hersheypark Camping Resort. While this campground has similar amenities to Harrisburg East, choosing to stay here gets you special deals for attractions around town. There’s also Pinch Pond Family Campground, which is about half an hour from Hershey, but offers a more woodsy experience with its location on the pond. If none of these campgrounds piques your interest, remember that there are plenty more campgrounds to choose from.
Hershey is a must-visit for every chocolate lover, but as you can see, there’s much more to the city than its background in sweets. Plus, with its proximity to other Pennsylvania sites of interest, Hershey makes a great base for exploring the south central part of the state. Take a visit to Hershey to see for yourself how it earned its motto, “The Sweetest Place on Earth.”